My first drum kit was made by Pearl. Some years later I was given a sponsorship from Pearl in Australia. I still enjoy playing their drums.
My original sponsorship set was from the DLX series.
The DX 7300 Series (covered finish) and the DLX 7500 Series (lacquered finish) were introduced in 1984 and featured 7 ply shells: birch (outside), mahogany (middle), and lamin (inside) for superb sound with fantastic low-end punch. Priced affordably, they nevertheless featured high-end components such as double braced hardware, SuperHoops, and Pinstripe heads. In 1985, a five-piece DX kit with 22” bass drum and hardware listed for $1650, the 24” bass drum version listed for $1720.
GLX 9500 “Super Gripper” drums.
A GLX soundcheck.